One of my favorite things to do wherever I visit is to spend some time relaxing at the Spa. So on my last trip to Vegas, we booked a day at the spa at Aria. Now if you’ve been to a spa before, you pretty much know what to expect; a big infinity Jacuzzi, hot and cold tubs, a stone room and massage rooms. But Aria had something I’d never seen before….a salt room!
Looking back on our day, the salt room is what I enjoyed the most and thus it sparked a new interest for me!
Since I’d never heard or seen one of these before, I immediately began doing some research to find the closest one to me. After doing some digging I found a salt spa in Asheville, NC and (to my happy surprise) Lake Norman!
The Lake Norman Salt Spa just opened (July 2017) and luckily we were able to get a tour during their grand opening! We learned that the Lake Norman Salt Spa specializes in Halotherapy which is therapeutic application of inhaled microscopic Himalayan salt particles. Who knew that was even possible! They also have salt yoga, guided meditation and massage.
Let’s get back to that Halotherapy for one minute. This contains a medical grade Halogenerator and pharmaceutical grade Himalayan salt – of which there are only 3 in the United States! The health benefits of this provide a natural relief for anything from allergies, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections and more. This is a “dry salt” therapy – similar to a wet salt therapy such as adding salts to a bath or using a Netti pot.
This halogenerator blows salt into each room so electronics (phones, cameras, ipads, etc) are not permitted during halotherapy sessions as it can clog up and ruin your electronics. The gives you one of those rare opportunities to truly disconnect from the outside world and recharge.
They currently have 2 rooms which can accommodate a large or small group. The large spa has over 6,000 lbs of Himalayan salt and seats about 7 to 8 people in some comfy lounge chairs.
The small room has 3,000 lbs of Himalayan salt and seats 3-4 people comfortably.
When we entered the salt spa, we were greeted by a beautiful spa like entrance – a front desk made of stone and a lovely receptionist. Just walking in the door we felt relaxed!
We placed our belongings in the lockers provided and waited in the relaxing lobby for our appointment to start. While waiting, there are salt block lamps you can sit your feet on which are made to release toxins from your body.
Soon we were led to our spa room and were amazed with all the salt in the room! Himalayan sea salt filled the room on the floor and salt blocks lined the walls. We sat down in our chairs and settled quite quickly.
Pro Tip: The chairs in the spa are adjustable by using the 2 circular twist knobs on both sides of the chair. Once you lean back and get the chair to maximum comfort, twist each side until it is tight to lock the chair in place. (It took us awhile to figure this out so we had some pretty funny surprises when our chairs moved unexpectedly on us!) ☺
Each session is 50 minutes which isn’t that long a time in comparison to TV shows and such. However, living in this connected world where we are on our phones constantly, a 50 minute session seemed like forrrevverrr long since we really didn’t have anything to do but sit there and play in the salt.
We did take advantage of the moment by meditating for about 20 minutes which I’m really starting to get into after seeing how beneficial it’s been for my husband. He recommends the Headspace App for those of you considering Meditation.
Other than that, it’s just simply a time to relax, stretch, sleep or read.
What to Bring:
Cotton based clothing. It is recommended to wear cotton based clothing which helps absorb the salt.
A pair of socks. Socks are required in the salt rooms for sanitation purposes. Jason’s favorite socks are Stance Socks
A book, magazine or pen and paper. If you have the adult coloring books, this is a great place to use those!
Change of clothes. I didn’t need a change of clothes, but I did bring one with me, just in case I felt too salty to drive home in.